British & Irish Film Season 2012
Details: The third annual British and Irish Film Season kicks off next Wednesday 26 September with the opening screening at Utopolis (all other screenings are at Ciné Utopia).
A collaboration between The Luxembourg Chronicle and Utopia S.A., the film season has grown in popularity since its inception in 2010 and the programme includes an increase in the number of films from around the British Isles, nine in total, as well as a balanced cross-section of genres. This year, there are contributions from England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Two film-makers will attend the screenings of their films - Peter Bach will attend the screening of his documentary "Flanagan's Wake" on Thursday 4 October and Harrison Wall (an ex-St George's schoolboy!) will attend the screening of his suspense drama "Weaverfish" on Saturday 29 September. Both screenings will be followed by interviews with the film-makers. The other seven films all have two screenings each.
- Shadow Dancer (Ireland-Belgium); thriller directed by James Marsh with Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson; Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare. Thu 27 Sep @ 21:30; Sun 7 Oct @ 21:00.
- The Awakening (Scotland); horror / thriller directed by Nick Murphy with Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton. In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves. Mon 1 Oct @ 21:00; Thu 4 Oct @ 21:30.
- Now Is Good (England); drama directed by Ol Parker with Dakota Fanning, Olivia Williams, Rose Leslie and Paddy Considine; A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away, including looking for love. Wed 26 Sep @ 19:00 (Utopolis, opening); Wed 3 Oct @ 19:00.
- Stella Days (Ireland); drama directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan with Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman; A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience. Sun 30 Sep @ 21:00; Tue 9 Oct @ 19:00.
- Flanagan’s Wake (Ireland-England); documentary by filmmaker Peter Bach; A personal journey featuring artist Barry Flanagan who is wrestling with Motor Neuron Disease - Bach travels the world to bring back footage of strangers by his public works. Poetic, moving, travelsome, it tries to be both worldly and intimate at the same time. Thu 4 Oct @ 19:00 (followed by interview with film-maker).
- Grabbers (Ireland); comedy sci-fi directed by Jon Wright with Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey; When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive. Tue 2 Oct @ 21:00; Sat 6 Oct @ 21:30.
- Weaverfish (England); drama by Harrison Wall with Shane O'Meara, Lucy-Jane Quinlan and Josh Ockenden; After spending the night partying at a condemned river creek, the atmosphere is soon lost for quiet teenager Reece and his friends. Headaches and heartaches give way to a terrifying race back to civilisation as a grossly disfiguring virus takes hold on the most vulnerable. Sat 29 Sep @ 19:00 (followed by interview with film-maker).
- Fast Girls (England); sports drama by Regan Hall with Rupert Graves, Bradley James and Noel Clarke; A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete. Thu 27 Sep @ 19:00; Fri 5 Oct @ 21:30.
- The Decoy Bride (Isle of Man); comedy drama by Sheree Folkson with Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant and Alice Eve; When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent. Fri 28 Sep @ 21:30; Mon 8 Oct @ 19:00.
Full details are available on the film season website, www.bifilmseason.lu. Tickets can be purchased online at www.utopolis.lu.
Venue: Ciné Utopia
Organiser: The Luxembourg Chronicle and Utopia S.A.